Month: June 2020

Starting in 2024, Full Mercedes-Benz Lineup to Get Autonomous Tech

  • Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia have announced a new partnership that will bring upgradable AVs and, maybe, a Mercedes App Store.
  • This new deal doesn’t exactly replace Benz’s previous deal with BMW, which was put on hold last week due to future model timing.
  • Based on the Nvidia DRIVE platform, the new partnership will be used in every next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicle starting in 2024.

    When planning for the future, it doesn’t hurt to give yourself some options. Last year, for example, Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced that they would work together on autonomous passenger cars that would be available to private customers starting in 2024. Last week, that cooperation effort was put on hold and then this week, Mercedes announced a new partnership with Nvidia on automated-driving technology to be trolled out in new Benzes starting in 2024.

    Even though that could be read as Daimler swapping out BMW for Nvidia for its

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    Sit Back, Relax, and Binge the Best Car Films Available to Stream

    What sounds better than curling up and watching a car movie? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. We already know you’re with us on that one. So we’ve compiled some of the best movies here, each available on a subscription service, to save you from having to scroll endlessly through Netflix or Amazon Prime. There’s really something here for everyone, regardless of how you like to see your cars on screen.

    Drive (2011) | Netflix

    Starring Ryan Gosling, Drive is the story of a Hollywood stuntman who has a side job of helping criminals as a getaway driver. Featuring fast cars, high-speed chases, and shootouts, this movie will more than satisfy anyone looking for an action movie. WATCH IT HERE

    Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story (2020) | Netflix

    “There’s no sport more exciting than racing. This is the next best thing to heaven.” Uppity is an up-close documentary into

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    Window Shop with Car and Driver

    Sports sedans have always occupied a special place here at Car and Driver. Our annual 10Best awards almost always include at least one fun-to-drive four-door, and our collective memory looks back fondly on the most legendary sedans in the respective histories of BMW, Alfa Romeo, Audi, and many others. So in this episode of Window Shopping, we set out to find the best used sports sedans for sale on the internet for a price cap of $15,000.

    Our group of four C/D staffers plus contributor (and Road & Track columnist) Jason Cammisa came up with a diverse selection of Italian, Japanese, American sedans. There was some dispute over what actually defines a true sports sedan, and we think you’ll enjoy the discussion. Check out the episode and let us know what you’d like to see from future Window Shop episodes going forward.


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    GM Built a C8 Corvette Prototype That Was 75% 3D Printed

    • GM used 3D printing extensively to develop the C8 Corvette ahead of its unveiling.
    • The ability to quickly iterate and build parts helped the automaker quickly pivot to shield making for medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Parts that have been 3D printed can also be used to train the robots on the production line ahead of the final part being delivered.

      If you’re wondering when you’ll see 3D-printed production parts, some will end up in vehicles “very soon,” according to GM. But the tech will only be used when appropriate and in a way that doesn’t sacrifice safety, GM spokespeople told Car and Driver.

      Before COVID-19, GM was already using 3D printing to help it develop new vehicles including the Corvette. Then the pandemic grew, and the automaker was able to quickly use those same machines to build face shields for medical staff. After the first batch went out,

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      Used Cars Are Costing Dealers More, but This Can Still Be Your Summer of Deals

      • The wholesale price of used vehicles, the prices generally paid by dealers at auctions, fell steeply when the coronavirus-related shutdowns began, but since then, they have jumped above pre-pandemic forecasts.
      • Nonetheless, the retail price, or the price paid by consumers, of used vehicles has remained fairly flat.
      • The used-vehicle market’s landscape could change greatly in the coming months when a lot of cars with leases extended during the pandemic come back to dealerships, and also if a cash-for-clunkers program comes to fruition.

        While states across the country issued stay-at-home orders to combat the spread of COVID-19, the used-car market shuddered as the flow of used vehicles to dealer lots was disrupted. Wholesale used-car values, or the prices paid by dealers, fell 11.3 percent from March to April, according to the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index.

        Yet, after hitting a low in April, values have recovered 13.9 percent through mid-June,

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        Polestar Will Build Some Sort of Ride-Hailing Robotaxi with Waymo

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        • Details are noticeably sparse, but the initial announcement says Polestar, the Volvo premium electric brand, will come out with a new EV platform just for ride-hailing vehicles.
        • The automated driving technology is called Waymo Driver, and Waymo has been testing it in vehicles from a number of automakers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, and Renault.
        • You’ll be shocked to hear this, but Volvo thinks that self-driving vehicles will be safer than today’s human-piloted models.

          Add Polestar to the list of companies that think Waymo has what it takes to bring us to an autonomous-vehicle future. Exactly what that future will look like is a bit vague right now, but we know that Polestar is joining a strategic group partnership

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